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  • Dallas nightclub patron sues comedian Andy Dick

    DALLAS — A Texas man is suing comedian Andy Dick over his December performance at a Dallas nightclub.
    Robert Tucker claims he suffered emotional distress and defamation as a result of an alleged incident in which Dick exposed his genitals while walking through the audience.
    The suit filed May 10 also names a talent agency that represents the comedian and the club where he performed. It says they should have known Dick’s “long history of assaulting patrons.”
    The lawsuit cites Dick’s January 2010 arrest on felony sexual abuse charges, after allegations he groped a bouncer and patron at a Huntington, W. Va., bar, as well as other incidents.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • Blink and you might miss it. Embudo is that kind of a place. But take the time for a leisurely drive between Velarde and Taos, and you’ll find a quaint community that offers rafting, eateries and wineries.
    Nestled between the Rio Grande and mountains  that seem to reach for the sky, Embudo with a population of 383, is a quiet little community spotted with residences and a couple of restaurants in between.

  • Village Arts surprised artists and those who want to try their hand at it recently by giving out nearly 50 unique, random frames to customers.
    Individuals who received the frames were asked to fill the frames with artwork of their choice and to bring them back to Village Arts for a month-long showing.  
    Village Arts staff chose and built uniquely sized and styled wooden frames, hoping to inspire individuals to create a piece of work to compliment the frame.
    The staff wasn’t disappointed.
    “Normally customers come to us to find a frame that enhances their work” said Village Arts co-owner Ken Nebel. “This time, we turned the tables on them, and the results are fantastic.”

  • Lunch with a Leader, presented by the League of Women Voters, will feature Steve Brugger, Acting Director of the Los Alamos County Community Development Department June 9.  
    The lunch will be at Central Avenue Grill at 11:45 a.m. It’s the last Lunch with a Leader until September.
    Brugger has an undergraduate degree in economics and a masters degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His background in planning, real estate economics and land development in the private and public sectors makes him uniquely qualified for his current position.

  • Eric Sardinas and his band, Big Motor, return to Los Alamos Friday for a gig at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    Sardinas is known for his hard-and-fast blues and rock. He appeared in 2010 at the Holiday Inn Express.
    For those that like the blues and blues musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter, JB Hutto or Hound Dog Taylor, this show will be right up their alley.

  • Los Alamos High School Seniors, Alex Kendrick and Ryan Erickson, capped off their high school careers by earning awards in the category of Engineering at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Kendrick won first award and $3,000 and Erickson placed third earning $1,000. Also, Kendrick won a $500 cash award from the Society of Exploration of Geophysicists. Erickson won $2,000 in common stock from United Technologies Corporation. The three LAHS students (Kendrick, Erickson and Julia Murphy) competed against 1,200 students from across the globe and vied for over $2.5 million in prizes and awards.

     

  • Lots of people want to be famous. Most of us aren’t even close. But some of us are almost.
    What we want is right there, so close we can taste and smell and feel it in our nerves, but it’s not ours yet.
    Mesa Public Library’s Music Film Series concludes this week with “Almost Famous” (2000), director Cameron Crowe’s award-winning take on what it might be like for a high-school kid to go on a rock’n’roll tour with a band on the brink of over-the-top, glittering, screaming success.

  • Aubrie Powell will perform her Senior Music Recital Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    Aubrie Melissa Powell is a 2011 honor graduate of Los Alamos High School, born and raised in Los Alamos.
     Powell will attend Ohio Wesleyan University on a scholarship for study for a Bachelor of Music degree. Shee plans to major in Music Theory and Composition with a dual degree in Mathematics
    Powell was awarded several local scholarships including a Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship by the Sangre de Cristo Chorale Society, a Deborah Beene Memorial Scholarship by the Rotary Club, and scholarships from Los Alamos Little Theater, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Alamos Light Opera.

  • It is done. That statement is very illuminating, for you, me, the community, even Oprah Winfrey. Those three simple words, pretty much sum up a lot this week.
    My question is, where did the time go?
    Most students will look ahead to the next school year, some thinking about the fact that “next year,” they just might be attending high school for the first time.
    Our seniors graduated and everyone moved one more rung up the ladder. Some Hawks became Hilltoppers Friday afternoon, with their right of passage at Urban Park. The big event marks not only their relationship ending with Los Alamos Middle School, but the possibilities that lie ahead as the newest members of the Hilltopper family.

  • Before her death from a brain tumor in December 2009, Julie Meadows and her family got all sorts of practical help from friends and fellow church members, organized as “Julie’s Helpers.”
    A year and a half later, it’s a scholarship fund with the same name, “Julie’s Helpers,” which is carrying on the helping legacy, in Meadows’ memory. Only now, it’s a young Navajo mom who is getting the help — $2,500 worth, for college expenses — from the fund’s first award.

  • Agnes Vallejos envisions a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Born and raised in Los Alamos, Vallejos is executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter where she manages a statewide team of professionals who support Alzheimer’s patients and caregivers and raise funds to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease through research.
     After graduation from University of New Mexico, Vallejos stayed in New Mexico to work with emotionally disabled children and adolescents in psychiatric settings, residential treatment centers and treatment foster care programs.

  • During the May Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting, Board Chair Judge Alan Kirk presented Kiwanis Club President Fran Berting and Vice-President Kristy Ortega with donations from state juvenile justice board supporters to the Jeannette Wallace Memorial Scholarship Fund.
    Former Rep. Wallace was a tireless advocate for youth and community issues at the local and state level. Juvenile justice continuums from all over New Mexico gathered donations for the scholarship fund to acknowledge Wallace’s groundbreaking work and years of continued support.

  • The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Cats
    Barnyard  — Quite the fraidy cat when transported from the 200 block of 46th St. Barnyard is coming along nicely and loves gentle attention.
    Cuddles — Female Calico, very friendly.
    Goose — Beautiful male Russian Blue. Seems content in the shelter, but is reported to have roaming tendencies.
    KiKi  — Gorgeous indoor domestic long hair orange and white female kitty. Two-three years old and good with other cats.

  • Los Alamos High School National Honor Society would like to thank everyone in Los Alamos that contributed school supplies for the children of Haiti.
    The Honor Society collected school supplies at locations around town from November 2010 through February 2011. Last September one of the Honor Society parents met the Right Reverend Zache Duracin, the Episcopal Bishop of Haiti, and he stressed the need for school supplies for the children of Haiti.  
    Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 11, 2010 in which over 250 schools run by the Episcopal church were demolished. He explained that many organizations and people have been helping with food, shelter and medical supplies, but school supplies were not being given.  

  • Thanks for the help

    We would like to thank the teachers of the Montessori School through the high school, that helped my middle one achieve her goals. Thank you so much for your support!

    The Weiss family

    Kite Fest was a success
    The Los Alamos Arts Council would like to thank the many people who came together and made the 14th Annual Kite Festival a success again this year.

  • Sheree Talman, Executive State Director for the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant, states the pageant is seeking applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos.
    Once selected, the lady will advance on to represent her community in the 2012 Mrs. New Mexico Pageant on Feb. 4, 2012 at the Rodey Theatre in Albuquerque.  
    Local titleholders will compete to win a prize package valued at over $8,000 including an all expense paid trip to the nationally televised Mrs. America Pageant.
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.  

  • Natali Steinberg, docent of the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, is offering her guided tour of this ecological treasure, leaving from Pajarito Environmental Education Center at noon June 5.  
    This small preserve, located near Rancho de las Golondrinas just south of Santa Fe, has several ecological niches, ranging from scrub desert to the lush vegetation of the cienega (Spanish for “marsh”). Consequently, this area supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life. Three trails, one of which is handicap-accessible, lead walkers through these areas, including open meadows, shady cottonwoods and a pond bordered by cattails.

  • The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

  • The Society for American Archaeology defines archaeology as the systematic study of human cultures through material remains.  
    The archaeological challenge is to learn about the past through the study of artifacts and the places people lived. Learn about a display of New Mexico archaeological artifacts from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 8 during the “Hands On Archaeology Exhibit”  in the Mesa Public Library portal.
    Nearly 160,000 officially recorded sites currently represent the ever-growing New Mexico archaeological record.